Asante Kotoko head coach, Charles Akonnor’s satisfaction was quite palpable at his team’s progression to the last four of the NC Special Competition on Thursday following their 1-1 draw with Aduana Stars in Dormaa.The Porcupine Warriors needed to avoid defeat to have a chance of booking their place in the semi-finals of the competition and they were successful despite Aduana Stars’ efforts to find the winning goal after Abdulrahman Fatawu had cancelled Emmanuel Gyamfi’s goal to put Kotoko in the lead.After the match, Akonnor spoke on his happiness at making the semi-finals but also highlighted the negatives with his team’s performance on the day.“What was important for us was to qualify and if you look at the league standings, I am sort of satisfied. We need to improve on our play. In the first half, we were not too good.We were not aggressive and not too compact. We allowed the opponent to have the ball and at a point, they had it for a long time and I was not happy with that at all.In the second half, we got better and we possessed the ball. We had to win or draw and we got the draw and so, I am happy.But football is strange because even when were not playing well and not looking good, we scored and so it is good. At the moment, we may not be playing well and it may not be attractive but we are getting the needed results.”Apart from making to the semi-finals, Kotoko recorded another feat by scoring at Aduana Stars for the very first time in their history of clashes between the two teams since their first meeting in Dormaa in the 2009/ 2019 Ghana Premier League season.
Seasonal changes are the times when people are more prone to falling ill. But nutritionists and health coaches have tips at hand to help you boost immunity and stay fit, no matter what the weather. Your go-to drink: Start your day with coconut water, instead of tea. Let a natural drink, and not a concoction, be the first thing you put in your body. Breath of life: Pre and post sleeping, concentrate on inhalation and exhalation just for 2 minutes to clear your thoughts and start your day fresh. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainDrink your superfluids:16 ounces of celery juice can detox your kidneys and make your body alkaline and increase your productivity. Your immunity booster: Sip warm water with ginger wedges and mint leaves to keep the flus and virus at bay. Drum away inflammation: Consume drumsticks as much as your can, and creatively. Use the beans and leaves in soup, sambhar and buddha bowls. You can also blend moringa powder in your smoothies or drink it like a shot with aloe vera juice. Ditch the treadmill: Indulge in creative workouts like the prowl, which is inspired by animal movements that engage all your body muscles. Exercises like prowl and zumba help you burn more calories and are way more fun than aimlessly walking on a treadmill.
Mumbai: The rupee appreciated by 22 paise to 70.72 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday as foreign fund inflows and easing crude oil prices enthused investors. At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 70.72, registering a rise of 22 paise over its previous close. Rupee had settled at 70.94 against the US dollar on Monday. The domestic unit however pared some initial gains and was trading at 70.79 against the US dollar at 1010 hrs. Forex traders said fresh foreign fund inflows, higher opening in domestic equities and easing crude oil prices supported the rupee. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital market, putting in Rs 2,684.05 crore on Monday, according to provisional exchange data. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.57 per cent to trade at USD 64.40 per barrel. Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note on Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 108.01 points higher at 39,198.04 and Nifty up 20.10 points at 11,620.30. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.06 per cent to 98.65. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.75 per cent in morning trade.
Mumbai: Former India captain Rahul Dravid would depose before BCCI Ethics Officer D K Jain on Thursday to explain the conflict of interest allegations against him. Dravid is currently the Director of National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, besides being a vice-president in the India Cements group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. The 46-year-old former batting mainstay was the head coach of the India A and Under-19 teams before being handed the NCA role, which includes monitoring the progress of these two sides as well. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe complaint against Dravid, by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta, alleging that there is conflict in interest in Dravid’s role as NCA head and being an India Cements employee. Dravid has already given a reply and defended himself saying he has taken leave of absence from employers India Cements and he has nothing to do with the Chennai Super Kings. Similarly, BCCI employee Mayank Parikh has been asked to depose before the Ethics Officer on Thursday. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersParikh, who too faces of conflict of interest allegations. A part of the operations team in the BCCI, Parikh is also associated with multiple clubs, with voting rights, in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). Dravid’s hearing will be in the morning, followed by Parikh’s. As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post at the same time. The BCCI Ethics Officer would give his judgement based on the hearing on Thursday.
Ghaziabad: In three separate road accidents, five persons, including a minor, were killed while seven others were injured within 24 hours in Ghaziabad.In one of the incidents, police have arrested a 19-years-old student of BJMC for rashly driving and killing an auto driver and injuring three other passengers in Indirapuram area on Sunday. In first incident, 32 year old auto-rickshaw driver, identified as Bishamber Dayal, a resident of Ghaziabad was killed after the auto-rickshaw was hit by a Honda City car from behind at UP gate. Cops said that the Honda city car was being driven by Shivam, a BJMC student in a private college and his father is an office superintendent at income tax office in New Delhi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe incident occurred around 5 pm on Sunday, when the car tried to overtake the auto from behind. Victim’s family members have alleged that the accused was drunk at the time of incident. “The accused was driving the car while his two friends were also riding along with him and they were consuming liquor. Police have received liquor bottles from the car but they have not arrested the other two friends of the accused,” alleged Shiv Kumar, nephew of deceased. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaMeanwhile police have arrested the accused and have registered a case against him. “Following the incident, we have registered a case under relevant sections of IPC against Shivam. He was produced before the court and has been sent to jail,” said Deepak Sharma, SHO of Indirapuram police station. In second incident, a 65-year-old man, identified as Dilbagh Rai, a resident of Pratap Vihar area, was killed after a swift car ran over him. Police have registered a case against the car driver and are trying to trace him through vehicle’s registration number. Cops said that the deceased was a retired executive director in Indian Oil company and was currently working as officer on special duty (OSD) to Chairman at PIIT college in Greater Noida. Swarnalata Rai, wife of deceased, said that the incident occurred 7:45 pm on Sunday when a white coloured swift car, bearing registration number-UP 14 BH 0880, which was being rashly driven hit her husband and he collapsed on the road. The driver of fled away from the spot and the elderly woman took him to a hospital where Rai was declared dead on arrival. In another incident, three persons including a minor were killed while as many as three persons were injured in a head to head collision between a tractor and an auto-rickshaw in Loni area. According to police, the deceased have been identified as Rakesh (50), a resident of Mewala Bhatti, Ghaziabad and worked in Municipal Corporation of Delhi as a worker, Shiva (11), a resident of Ghitora, Ghaziabad and he was studying in class 5th in private school and Kailashvati (40). Police are yet to identify the tractor driver.